Southern Family Markets is vanishing almost as suddenly as it appeared. Pieced together less than two years ago from fragments of the Bi-Lo and Bruno's chains after they passed from Ahold to a private equity firm, Southern Family was to have provided its owner, C&S Wholesale Grocers, with a retail base to supplement and integrate with the Bi-Lo wholesale account it picked up in a prior, related deal. The chain, however, has been rapidly shrinking. What began as 104 stores spun off from ...

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